Te­cho boost for school

Go! & Express - - News - THANDEKA NTLONTI

WONGALETHU High School in Mdantsane re­ceived 20 com­put­ers for pupils and 21 lap­tops for the teach­ers, cour­tesy of De­fence and Mil­i­tary Veter­ans Min­is­ter No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula and the East­ern Cape pro­vin­cial gov­ern­ment.

These do­na­tions fol­low nu­mer­ous vis­its by Mapisa-Nqakula to the school and con­cern at the school’s dis­mal ma­tric pass rate. With the gen­er­ous do­na­tion of com­put­ers, the min­is­ter aims to im­prove the pass rate of 17% which the school ob­tained in 2014.

Mapisa-Nqakula pleaded with the school to guard the equip­ment and asked the school’s gov­ern­ing body to take re­spon­si­bil­ity.

“Please be the eyes and ears of this school and its chil­dren and in do­ing so make sure that these chil­dren know what is in here be­longs to them,” she said.

School prin­ci­pal Ntombi­zonke Ma­matu could not con­trol her ex­cite­ment when the min­is­ter and her en­tourage ar­rived af­ter East­ern Cape premier Phu­mulo Ma­su­alle.

When the GO! & Ex­press spoke to her, she said. “As the school, we are ex­tremely happy.

“This do­na­tion is a key to un­lock in­for­ma­tion to our chil­dren. These com­put­ers and the in­no­va­tion that come with them, will make in­for­ma­tion and knowl­edge very easy for our chil­dren to ob­tain. We are very hope­ful that they will use these com­put­ers for ed­u­ca­tional pur­poses,” said Ma­matu.

“To the min­is­ter, we would like to thank you for not leav­ing us be­hind and that your eyes saw Wongalethu High School among the other schools. We prom­ise to make you proud and help our school and pupils be­come the best they can be­come in so­ci­ety.”

Grade 12 pupil Azile Skhonkwane said the com­put­ers will make a huge im­pact on their school work and def­i­nitely yield good ma­tric re­sults.

“I say with great pride as a pupil of Wongalethu High School that this do­na­tion by the min­is­ter will as­sist us very much.

“We used to strug­gle a lot be­cause there are only two li­braries in Mdantsane that we could seek in­for­ma­tion from. Now that we have our own com­put­ers and in­ter­net ac­cess, we will be able to com­plete our projects on time and also ap­ply for ter­tiary ed­u­ca­tion and bur­saries for next year.”

Pic­ture: THANDEKA NTLONTI

GEN­ER­OUS DO­NA­TION: Grade 12 pupils at Wongalethu High School test-drive their brand new com­put­ers do­nated to the school by De­fence and Mil­i­tary Veter­ans Min­is­ter No­siviwe Mapisa-Nqakula

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